|The interview can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job search process. It can take place on-site (at the the organization), on the phone, at a career fair or a coffee shop. Now matter where or with whom you interview, preparation and practice are the keys to learning the skills necessary to interview effectively.
You already have the knowledge, talent and impressive SBU credentials. Now you need to learn to communicate and articulate your skills and experiences in a compelling way.
• Rehearse your interview
• Identify areas needing improvement
• Learn to avoid “um” “like” and other filler words
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Treat an interview as an exchange of information between two or more people for the purpose of communicating one's qualifications for a job and finding out more about an opportunity. In other words, the interview is a 'conversation with purpose'.
Knowing what you want, feeling confident in your qualifications and being able to convey that experience in a concise, field-relevant and professional way will help make your interview experience an exciting challenge rather than a cause for anxiety.
All of your efforts before the interview can be considered "marketing and research," and the interview itself is the "sales" portion of the job search. Remember almost all the other candidates have similar academic backgrounds to you, so the interview determines who is offered employment. You must learn what the employer seeks in an applicant, do your research and match your strengths to those needs. Also, make sure you're dressed to impress!
It is natural and expected to be a little nervous for an interview. In fact, being a little nervous may bring some energy into the equation that, harnessed correctly, can be used to your advantage. The key, however, is not to reach such a level of anxiety that it takes away from your tremendous qualities, assets and abilities.
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So, how do you prevent THAT kind of nervousness? Once again, preparation is the key. You can do a great deal before an interview to help you feel confident and, hopefully, more relaxed throughout the process. The more you know about the organization and the interview process, the more comfortable you will likely feel and this will be reflected in the way you conduct your interview.